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    December 5, 2013
    7:00 - 8:01pm PST  

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good bundle up. another bone-chilling night in the bay area, another 24 hours of frigid weather, then, a night of rain and possibly snow. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm carolyn we'll have local reaction to the death of nelson mandela in just a few minutes but first, bay area cold snap. tonight will be almost as cold as last night. how cold was it? planes had to be deiced before taking off this morning from san jose international airport. it took more than a wiper blade to cut through the ice overnight. so cold, isaacels developed in
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danville as seen in this picture. abc7 news meteorologist sandhya patel is here now. >> so far, napa is three degrees from freezing. already take a look at records for the morning. napa hit a record at 25 degrees. 30 in san rafael. san francisco tied at 40. oakland broke previous records, 33. moffett field into upper 20s there. so it was frigid. napa county airport 16 degrees this morning. subfreezing temperatures again, freeze warning covering all areas except san francisco. you want to watch out. you can see increased risk of hypothermia. bring in pets. you can see them burst. and live doppler seven getting ready to track a cold storm. dan? >> let's check in with laura
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anthony and wade freedman. wayne, we'll start with you. broken water pipes today. let's see if wayne can hear us. you're on. go ahead. >> hi, dan. i know you can't hear us. we've been in the truck, it's been so cold out here. yes. there are water pipes and people surprised about their water pipes they didn't think it affected anyone else, then, all of a sudden, boom. pop. it's them. not just an inglorious end but a loud one.. >> i heard an explosion on the roof. >> she found three little geysers not unlike this little geyser in novato. >> overnight got cold, freezing temperatures. water starts to
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expand in spots that aren't insulated like this one. >> did you think they said it's going to be cold, would it affect you? >> no. no idea. our pipes were wrapped. >> not enough. not anymore. not if that betsy green could have known. sheaed not checked the roof in... >> i would say two years, three years. a common mistake. out of sight, above our heads, out of mind s there anything she could have done? >> if they had insulation like this, you can leave a fixture in your house a shower head dripping a little bit. moving water is harder to freeze. >> you know it's a basic lesson in plumbing prevention. betsy green, you're a good sport. >> lesson learned here, check pipes every year. check weather. >> it could have been worse. >> the two repairs i'm doing are not expensive. at least with our
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company. >> that is wayne freedman reporting. the cold snap got colder last night. is where abc7 news is. laura? >> hi, carolyn. want to give you perspective. it's colder here right now than it is all the way aares the country. in boston, it's great for the ice skater buzz not so good for other folks. >> you can see this. and this. >> down to her socks this 74-year-old has layers just to survive inside of her home. >> temperatures is low. i just know it's low. i don't care. how degrees. >> the low income senior has an outdateed and broken heater, she gets by with a donated electric blanket and space heater
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but when temperatures are below freezing all she can do is bundle up. for her, the cold can be life threatening. >> so how are you doing? >> cold. chilly. >> maybe another layer? >> yes. just a little break i made. >> she outfitted her dog with a faux stole.. >> i went for a walk it was very, very cold. >> she had a coat on? >> yes. she had the coat on. she went home earlier. usually we go a half hour. she went home, early. >> might want to keep that coat handy a little while longer. in walnut creek laura anthony abc7 news. >> citrus farmers are losing sleep and spending millions to protect crops from a freeze. some areas saw overnight temperatures in the teens. one grower says farmers are not expecting a break until middle of the week so this is a treacherous time the forecast for several
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crop-threatening cold spells over the next few days. >> now, to the passing today of one of the most revered men in history, nelson mandela. he spent 27 years in prison for opposing apartheid. tonight people are dancing in celebration of his life outside of the family home where he passed away this afternoon. abc7 news is live tonight at berkeley city hall. the bay area antiapartheid crusade was launched. >> i have to tell you behind me is berkeley city council. very to say this council tried to pass a resolution against apartheid. it passed and nelson mandela took notice of that and other things happening the bay area. it was june, 1990. nelson mandela had been released from prison. 58,000 people packed the
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oakland coliseum to see and hear him. mandela delivered a message of thanks and hope. >> it is you that people of oakland, the people of the bay area, who have given me and my delegation strength and hope to progress and continue the struggle. >> state senator was on stage with mandela that day. back then she was a the mayor of beshgly and city council had already voted to sanction south africa. >> that turned out to be a move thament grew. the east bay was the first place the cities of the east bay, the city of berkeley. >> he is now executive director of oakland cypress mandela training center. >> he was powerful with just spirit. you snow his spirit overcoming obstacles he went through. such an honor and a revelation to meet a giant.
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>> at uc berkeley, students protested leading the way in the movement. they weren't the only ones. in the east bay, dock workers refused to unload south african goods. in san francisco, reverend amos brown had, for years, collected money for antiapartheid cause. >> my church erected first sign in this city. protesting apartheid back in the 1980s. >> it was his only visit to the bay area. one that still touches so many. >> i won't have missed it. i just wouldn't have. we still have a lot of work to do. the struggle continues on. >> now, oakland congress woman barbara lee saying quote, his legacy will live on forever and the fight for freedom and jus anies a multi racial society. and this from governor brown. his life shows what is possible when one acts on convictions president obama said nelson
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mandela now belongs to the ages. he was 95 years old and had been in failing health sometime. >> coming up next cal athletics signs up a ben
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>> updating breaking story out of contra costa county.
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officials warning about a possible color yeens incident >> nick smith is live where the county has given the all clear. >> reporter: you know we have new information this, is what you need to know. i just got off the phone with randall sawer. he says all clear has been given. the tank has been empty, and you can, they're continuing to monitor the situation and they're doing now what is called a cause analysis thchl is a view from sky seven hd. we're over the scene moments after the announcement was given there was a shelter in place. this is what we know. the plan had been shut down since tuesday after chlorine releases today's leak was unrelated to those chlorine releases, pipes had contained water broke and contaminated the chlorine tanks. so, a shelter in place was given. what happens is that chlorine can cause severe injuries to lungs. which is what the county called for a shelter
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in place they're working to ensure releases are done and they can be up and running tomorrow, all clear has been given. hazmat officials are working to figure out what went wrong. they're doing now what is called a cause anal snichls pitsburg, abc7 news >> three teen-aged boys accused of of getting two girls so drunk they passed out and then sexual assaulted them. police say boys, 115-year-old and 217-year-olds assaulted the girls at wild cat canyon regional park last week. the girls, 14 and 17 woke up and realized what happened to them. three young men and two girls attend high schools in richmond a state wide amber alert issued for a 14-year-old girl abducted in washington a cording to patrol she was taken by a
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19-year-old acquaintance the two believed to be heading to california and possibly to mexico. these photos have been released we have a surveillance photo of the suspect vehicle to show you. now, amber alert signs have gone up on bay area freeways this, one is at the base of the san mateo bridge as you can see from sky seven hd. if you've seent girl or suspect, or vehicle you're asked to call police. >> well, moving to something different, cal football fans might be saying kabam. scoring naming rights to a football feed to a video game maker by that name, kabam. the logo will appear on the 25 and 50 yard lines. deal for 15 years and pays cal $18 million. the founder calls i a perfect fit. >> having an opportunity to name
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the field a california memorial stadium after the company i started, it's just an incredible honor. i can't imagine a closer tie than a ceo can have with an alma mater that he loves >> owe% of the employees are cal alumni. >> i like that. >> kabbam! >> going to be icy cold. clear skies and that is going to be changing. clear skies, temperatures 45 in san francisco, oakland. high temperatures running below average. san jose, 46 now, into upper 0s los gatos and half moon bay. this is a post card glorious
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view now. 40 degrees in santa rosa. 35 napa. it's getting close to freezing. novato, 36 degrees, temperatures going down. 42 livermore. you can see view of the bay bridge here. here is a look at the forecast. record cold again tomorrow. snow over peaks between friday evening and saturday morning. into sunday and mob, tomorrow morning cold, 25 in santa rosa, fairfield. 20 in napa. 30 in san jose. 31 palo alto. you can bet they're going to be icy windshield there's in mornings. 34 in oakland. 41 degrees in san francisco. 36 in half moon bay. make sure you dress warmly when leaving home. don't forget about the kids cold air with us. we're not going to be just dealing with cold but rain and snow. another
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system going to drop down. this will bring us rain coming down from from 5:00 p.m it will move in by 8:00 or 9:00. we're a quarter to half an inch. snow starts to dive south a little bit we may see snow around clear lake chlth wide spread rain by midnight saturday morning and starts to taper. we're still keeping a chance of snow in with cold air in place. bay area seeing winter weather advisory. we're going to be seeing low el visions of snow. sierra included which is why the storm warning is up, expecting up to 20 inches tomorrow afternoon, up to 40s
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and low 50s foremost. a look at the accu-weather forecast, stay bundled up. 40s and 50s for highs, monday mosh morning freezing cold i think we can put await cold here. >> thank you. >> sorry. >> yes. >> next, spencer christian is on assignment. >> stay with us we wan
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one out of six people in the bay area isn't sure where the next meal will come from >> give where you slif helping local food banks give to those in need. >> spencer christian is live with us. >> joining me is executive director of second harvest. i know kathy jacobson. this is kathy jackson i keep doing that. thanks for joining us. >> no problem. >> i know there is an unprecedented need this year. >> there is the people we serve are folks who hit a pot hole in life them. lost a job, they got divorced they had a health emergency. and the other folk that's we help, you know what? they're people like us
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hard working people. but unlike us they can't make ends meet in this part of the country. >> it important you pointed that out we talk about hungry pechl, we're asking who are the hungry people. they're people really working hard just to try to make ends meet. >> it's right. such an expensive area to live. and one of the things we can do is help bridge them so they can provide for the families. >> yes. we're going to tell our viewers how to help n a meaningful way. text the word "feed" to the number 80077. $ten donation goes a long, long way. every dollar translates into about $four worth of food help out. especially at the time of the year. it's needed and appreciated. >> yes. indeed thank you. >> terrific work there. encouraging to you take the give where you live pledge at abc7 news facebook page. >> abc7 will donate $onexñ
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good evening, fla state quarterback james winston is not going to be charged with rape. the state attorney willy megs says nearly year long delay between the alleged incident and investigation hampered this case >> we have a duty as prosecutors to only file those charges if we have a reasonable likelihood of a conviction. after reviewing evidence in this case, we did not feel we could meet that burden. >> we believed from day one in december, that this was a consensual act between mr. winton and a young woman, we believed it in december, and in february z we believe it today. >> now, onto the field. 49ers and sea hawks have developed a
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rather healthy dislike for one another. they'll meet in a game that is more important to 49ers. the sea hawks have a lead including a win over red and gold in week two in, seattle. niners are still fighting just to make a playoff. they want to send a clear message to division rivals >> they believe they're the mighty seahawks. so, you know we'll see who comes out on top. you know? we're very confident. they're confident two. teams are similar. you know when you look at us. and you know it's going to be a good game on sunday. >> should be a good game. >> abc7 sports brought to you by orchard supply, hardware >> thank you. >> join me tonight at 9:00 you know things can go wrong in the world of social media. bullying. how facebook now wants to help.
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>> then at 11:00 a landing attempt overseas a jumbo jet flying sideways what the pilot did at the last minute. >> imagine being on that plane. in prime time tonight we have once upon a time in wonderland then scandal. we'll be back at 11:00. that is available online at watch abc. >> a reminder about abc7 give where you live campaign. we're live at second harvest food bank now. >> we're asking to you take the pledge on our facebook page. we'll put in $one and you'll be eligible for $7,000 cash prize. >> thanks for joining us everyone. >> we appreciate your time. see
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weather to me is something that affects everyone daily routine. >> without weather we wouldn't have life. weather to me is a passing. >> it's always changing and always something to talk about. which is what i love about the bay area weather. >> people can't depend on the bush. >> it's unpredictable. ♪ ♪ microcurriculum at and changing patterns and unseasonable storms. go behind the scenes with abc experienced weather team and learn about what makes our weather unique. abc news presents inside bay
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area weather. ♪ ♪ >> sandhya patel, news meteorologist. >> really the bay area has many microcurriculums, in the summertime you can have -- microclimates. >> and fog comes along the coastline and only 56 degrees. but you get inland into the livermore valley and livermore is 102. we are talking about a wide range of conditions. every day to nail it down to the exact temperature you are forecasting is challenging. >> mike nicco, abc news meteorologist. >> our microclaim at are changing. our. it has to do with really the
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microclimates. >> spencer christian, abc news weather. >> a typical winter extreme would be several consecutive days of heavy rain that would produce rain and mudslides and road closures. power outages. >> one of the most recent storms we had 200 lightning strikes. over the last decades. i don't remember the lightning storms to be intense. >> the extremity is taking an upturn, we go back to the four storms in seven days, it was unprecedented. they haven't seen that much rain
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in that over a seven-day period. >> back in december of 1995, it was a ten on the bay area storm index. it's one that was recorded in 36 years now. with that storm, we saw wind gusts up to 93 miles an hour. wind gusts around the peaks over hundred miles an hour. >> they blow down trees and you have flooding. you have all those impacts. >> lisa argen, abc news meteorologist. >> are we seen these earlier storms and wetter storms is that the new normal? >> i think we're having a new normal. i absolutely do. it's not as hot in the summer as it usually is. it's not as cold. in the winter months as it has been in the past.
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think we're seeing a new normal. every ten years we'll go back and get the data and they have been trending warmer for the bay area. i think that is the nay normal. >> the weather conferences have provided proof of the glaciers and the temperatures rising, not just in one location but around the country. i think certainly global warming is a huge threat to the bay area. if it continues at current pace we could be seeing major climate changes. we're seeing khaims changes around the world. ♪ ♪ >> i have to say one of the best tools we have at abc7 is live doppler 7-hd. >> leigh glaser, abc news meteorologist. >> whether i am out in the field reporting on weather, it is spot on.
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it is spot on. it is so reliable, it's accurate. live doppler 7, it's on mount st. helena. it is farther west than any other bay area radar. >> with the radar it's location and location and location. having ours in the north and farther to the west is going to help us see the storms or coming in from the north or west. we'll be able to see them quicker. >> logan johnson, national weather service. >> ours is located near san jose so it doesn't cover the north bay so we use your radar as a key piece of puzzle to understand what is going to. >> what doppler radar generally it detects motion and the movement of systems that produce precipitation and intensity and the direction. the speed at which it is moving.
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all these things is what doppler radar does. >> to go down to street level to what is happening right in the neighborhood. you can say there is going from elm street to oak street in five minutes. that is the biggest advantage of having where we have it. think of the lead time you are going to get to see a storm coming in. that is getting people prepared. >> i'll never forget this woman who was in mill valley. i was out there reporting on a landslide there. her home devastated. everything she has ever had gone. she came up to me and she said thank you. she said your forecast, abc7's forecast being able to let me know days in advance, she was able to get her most precious
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things out of there and because we were able to give her that forecast. that is why we do our job. we try and do it the we can. -- the best we can. >> coming up, find out why this region is so unique and how you can prepare.
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♪ hey, that's the last crescent! [people oh, did you want it? yeah. we'll split it. [ female announcer ] made fresh, so light, buttery and flakey. that's half. that's not half! guys, i have more. thanks, mom. [ female announcer ] do you have enough
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pillsbury crescents? guys... [ female announcer ] pillsbury cinnamon rolls, with cinnabon cinnamon, are an irresistible sunday morning idea. nothing calls them to the table faster. make breakfast pop! when storms hit, live doppler tracks them. follow us on twitter at live doppler 7-hd. >> weather here in the bay area, i would say, is either feast or famine. you get a lot of rain or no rain. you get chaos in the atmosphere but it could be a terrific, beautiful day. >> with the challenge of the microclimates it's coming in every day and people don't believe this, it's going to be a little different than it was
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yesterday. >> i think people like the microclimates in the bay area. there is variation in a very short space. >> within a city you can have four different temperatures. san francisco one side of the city, ocean beach could be freezing cold with fog in the summertime. you get out towards the embarcadero area and it could be beautiful and sunny. >> trying to find that nuance and glitch in the huge atmosphere that is going to make our weather a little bit different today because we live in these microclimates, it's going going to affect everybody the same way. the weather here it's completely different than any other place in the united states. >> you go out to kansas, you may have a degree temperature difference. that is how most areas are. >> it's one of the main reasons that we have such diverse weather conditions from location to location.
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we've got a higher terrain in the mountains and hills that help determine wind flow. that shields certain areas from rainfall or from the warming effect of the sun. we've got the ocean and marine influence which generally keeps locations near the ocean cool. >> you look at the south bay, you have mountains on one side and mountains on the other side. there is a reason they get the least amount have rain, it's called rain fade. it goes up the santa cruz mountains, that creates the clouds. the santa cruz mountains it rains like crazy down there. conversely, when it comes over and sinks into the valley, it stabilizes the atmosphere and you can get two to three inches of rain and san jose will get couple hundredths or a tenth. so the greatest population is getting the least amount have rain. there are so many different ways
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you can save water. put a bucket in the shower while the water is warming up. take the bucket out and water your plants with that. >> i freeze water and put it into my freezer so if the power goes out i have blocks of ice that are frozen. >> make the kids take shorter showers. i know that one for a fact. >> the storm has passed. >> i got my start in salinas. i was there covering the weather. i've always been fascinated by science. whether it was biology, chemistry, you name it. i really became curious and fascinated with the weather. so i tried to audition with couple of other people to try to do weather for the night shows. next thing you know i was on the air. i enr meteorology program and got my soe society seal of approval and national
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weather association seal. i landed in san francisco, my dream job and here i am. that is what our weather team sets us apart. we've been here. we know the area. we know the topography and for people that are newcomers forecasting, if you haven't been here, if you don't have the experience behind you, nine times out of ten you are going to get it wrong. >> only hurricanes as i've seen tropical conditions. >> i begin as a news reporter. in 1971 in richmond, virginia. >> this is your mean, mean weather machine. ready for a weather forecast. let's go! >> i'm on the top of washington observatory this part of new zealand is called -- >> i have found myself involved
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in covering virtually every type of weather, disaster and extreme weather condition you can imagine. i have been in 14 hurricanes. i have been in blizzards. i've been in massive floods. i reported live from hurricane hugo when it hit the south atlantic coast in the late '80s. hurricane gilbert and reported live from hurricanes fran and bertha. i was with "good morning america" then. here i am 40 years later, still forecasting weather. it has become my passion. >> coming up. warmer temperatures, severe storms, drier winters. a look at changing weather patterns and how they may affect you. and learn how technology is changing the world of forecasting.
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san francisco bay area is highly vulnerable to natural hazards like earthquakes, wildfires and severe weather. so we have created one place for you to find all the resources and tips you need to be prepared.
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visit abc7news.com/prepare norcal and learn how you can keep you and your family safe. >> climate changes seems to have come upon us so suddenly, even though they were telling us 30 years and 40 years ago we could expect the weather conditions we have seen globally in the last five to ten years. it was five years ago because what human beings were putting in the atmosphere we could expect these climb changes. we are seeing seeing more frequent and extreme storms. >> being a communicator, you want to be fair and open. you don't want to worry people or scare people. you know people are smart. they know about their weather. they know about their climate. they know that it is changing.
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>> certainly on the global scale you have these temperatures rising over the past few decades. there is no question about it. the numbers are there. there are observations to show these things are occurring. >> one of the things temperatures and rainfall and climate change, possible rises in tide levels. when you have all this water getting warmer. so a a along the predictions for temperature and rainfall, we have predictions for climate change how much at sea level is going to rise. we are looking at something in the order of the next 90 years between now and 2100 of sea level rising something like two feet, maybe up to three feet. >> the way we live our lives will change. you see it when we do the news reports about water rationing. it's going change the way we live.
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we may pay more to keep our houses comfortable. people living up on hills, you may not be able to build there anymore. people living in low-lying areas that is floodplain now. little things and big things is how the weather is going to change our lives over the next generation, let's say. >> i could go on and on how technology has changed my day to day job over 40 years ago. when i first started doing weather in 1972, we had a plexy covered map in the studio, i had like a big magic marker and i drew the symbols and drew snowflakes. then we got into it's a technique that allows the weather person to stand in front
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of the green screen and blue screen but there is nothing behind us but the images you see are superimposed and transmitted to your tv screen. >> it's been the advent of the computer that has made our job better in the sense we are forecasting better. in the sense we can see things longer out but raised expectations. especially living out in silicon valley, everybody expects, aren't they perfect? no, not really, but they are getting better. weather computer models that have algorithms, you couldn't do it by hd. it takes three hours with a super computer to crunch a forecast. you try do it by hand and you really couldn't. they also helped us display what we know in a way that makes sense to everybody at home.
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>> live doppler 7-hd is a critical part of our story telling, our weather forecasting where is the rain now, where is it going. it can pick up moisture in different layers of the atmosphere. >> basically satellite technology and radar technology have given us the ability to provide such accurate forecasts to go from three-day forecasts to five-day forecasts to seven-day forecasts. >> doppler radar is a key tool in the arsenal of meteorologists. not just us but the media the people here at kgo, their doppler radar is very important tool. >> i saw something on our doppler that indicated there was a real strong cell, potential where it looked a little concerning. this isn't something we see very often. it was severe thunderstorm. seconds later, something came up on the wires, severe thunderstorm warning and tornado warning has been issued for
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santa clara county including the city of morgan hill. >> when you see a tornado in live doppler radar, you can see the winds moving in opposite directions. the old radars you had to look for a hook echo, you are looking at precipitation shield as a whole. but by that time it's got a tornado on the ground and you missed the lead time to warn people. >> one of the most important parts of my job is to warn the public of up coming danger. >> our system is so advanced and so sensitive it does it better than any other system out there. ♪ >> still to come, what role can you play in forecasting? see how social media is changing the way we stay informed about bay area weather.
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do you have a great width shot from the bay area? send it to ureport. we'll feature the photo or video on our newscast or our website we know that weather plays a huge role in people's lives but
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i had no idea that social media was so powerful until we had one big storm hit. i remember asking people to confirm if they were seeing what i we were seeing. i was amazed how many people respond order facebook and twitter, our viewers are the eyes and ears of what is happening. >> it's touching to know that people that watch us do what we do make a personal connection with us. >> i love social media in the fact that it's so interactive. anybody can get on twitter and facebook. we can get pictures, what i call ground troops. radar can show you what is going on in the clouds what is falling from the clouds but people out there seeing it, taking the picture, telling me what is happening is just another layer of protection. ♪ >> the weather experience, you
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come to learn when you have a cut-off low, it does have a mind of its own. you have to remember what happened in the past. you have to take that into consideration. so oftentimes you do have a little bit of that gut feeling. >> i was in little rock, arkansas. one day we had 52 tornadoes in the middle of january. this grandmother was baby-sitting her granddaughter and getting to watch the news. i was listening to ham radio operators, the guys that go out and watch the storms come. in after i got on the air and told her where it was going, she grabbed the granddaughter, went into the hallway and got down and prepared for the tornado to come. about 20 or 30 seconds after that update, a tree fell right in the living room and if they hadn't moved, they might not be here right now. >> i love the fact that i am
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reported ought one topic that has such a profound effect on people's live. its responsibility i take seriously. >> we do a much better job now than when i got in the business years ago. we do a much better job just decades ago. the accuracy people strive for and we don't want to miss a forecast. we don't want to say it's going to rain a half an inch and it rains a couple sprinkles and you cancel your plans. we don't want them as much as you don't. if you don't have an accurate forecast, nobody is going to watch you if you lose your credibility. >> they see us on tv for such a short amount of time. they don't actually realize how much time it takes to put together that minute 30 or two minute weather forecast. >> it's something that we all have come. >> i want to make sure i give
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you the information that you can use, whether it's life saving information or whether dressing your kids the right way or going up to tahoe up and back. i wanted to give you information you can use to make your life better. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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nailed it. - "my greatest weakness is humility. i'm probably the most humble person in the whole world." - i wrote that. - these self-evaluations are a charade. people cannot be impartial about themselves.